Train punctuality reaches record high

26 May 2009 by Mark Caswell

Train punctuality in the UK has reached its highest level since records began, with just over nine out of ten trains running on time last year.

The figures released by Network Rail (accounting for the period April 2008 to March 2009) show that 90.6 per cent of train services ran on time. This figure is up some 12 per cent from the 78.6 per cent of punctual services in 2002, when Network Rail took control of Britain’s rail infrastructure. The results also show that April 2009 produced a record monthly figure of 93.5 per cent of trains running on time.

The best performing rail operators over the last twelve months were C2C Rail, Chiltern and Merseyrail, which all achieved punctuality figures of over 95 per cent. The worst figures were posted by Virgin Trains and London Midland (80.3 per cent and 86.5 per cent respectively), although Network Rail blamed these results on disruption caused by the £9bn project to upgrade the West Coast main line.

The overall punctuality figures are the highest since records began in 1992. Train services are recorded as being on time if they arrive within five minutes of their scheduled arrival time for commuter services, and within ten minutes for long-distance services.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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